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CNET Editors' review
Although it's hardly the best Web browser out there, Puffin Web Browser Free does provide you with something different when it comes to browsing the Web. This free app can bring PC-style Web browsing directly to your Android device.
The main browser interface of the app is a bit reminiscent of Android's default Web browser, with pop-up settings and only the address bar on top of the screen. However, you'll instantly notice that there are two more buttons below its main interface. The one on the left is the mouse button. When clicked, it displays a "mouse pad" area, where you can use your fingers as if on a laptop's touch pad. The right button is the keyboard button. It calls up your device's default keyboard at any time, without the need to click on an input bar first. When accessing pages, we found that they loaded very, very quickly, at more than twice or even three times the speed of the default Android browser. Additional buttons that pop up on the left and right can sometimes be difficult to call up, but this isn't a problem since there are other options for easy access.
Puffin Web Browser Free is the browser to use if you want the PC-browsing experience on your mobile device. The only thing that we didn't like about it was that in comparison with other Web browsers such as Opera Mini, which is less than 1MB, it has a high storage-space requirement of more than 7MB.
Puffin Free is the free version of the Puffin Web Browser.Puffin Web Browser is a very fast web browser which renders the full version of the web sites on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. With the help of cloud computing, Puffin Web Browser brings the desktop web browsing experience to tablets and smart-phones.2011 is a great year for the pilot rollout of Puffin. Puffin Web Browser, a paid app on iOS and Android platforms, has sold more than 500,000 licenses in its first year of launch and has been ranked as the #1 paid iPad Utility in over10 countries for the past 6 months. 2012 is the year for the mass rollout of Puffin. Puffin Free, a newer and faster version of the Puffin Web Browser, is available for free. Puffin Free is super-fast in loading, panning, and zooming of web pages.Here are the highlights on the differences of the Puffin Free and the Puffin Web Browser.*** Puffin Free will be search-engine and content-ads sponsoredThe choice of the default search engine is subject to change, and content ads may be displayed alongside with the web pages. However, there is no plan to change the default search engine nor serving ads anytime soon.*** Puffin Free is feature restrictedExpensive features on the server side may be suspended temporarily on the Puffin Free to reduce operating cost. Experimental features may be available on the Puffin Free sooner than on the Puffin Web Browser.*** Puffin Free does not support Adobe Flash at launchLack of Adobe Flash support is the most visible difference between the Puffin Free and the Puffin Web Browser. As a consequence, Flash videos and Flash games will not play. Nevertheless, HTML5 videos will be fully supported.We are constantly adding features and improving stability of the product. We would love to hear from you! The best way to reach us is to post on our Facebook page so we can provide you timely assistance.Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/puffinbrowserFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/puffinbrowser/Watch demo videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/puffinbrowserFeatures:*SPEEDRender the full version of web pages extremely fast through cloud computing*TABSMulti-tab UI allows users to switch tabs between web pages with one click *OTHER+Bookmark+Search suggestion+Popup blocker+Option to clear browser history, cookies, or cache+Support most of the international web pages and language inputLimitations:+Adobe Flash is not supported in the free version+Geo is US for geo-restricted contents. If you are outside US, you may not be able to view geo-restricted contents based on your current location since our data centers are in US.Recent changes:Some bug fixesContent rating: Low Maturity
What's new in this version: Some bug fixes
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"only worked ONCE"
Version: Puffin Web Browser Free 2.0.4178
used it once, (free version) and it was great, after that, not so good
went to use it again, and log into facebook, (by using the button on homescreen) facebook LOCKED MY ACCOUNT said i was logging in from a strange location... Indonesia??????? so i had to go into my laptop, to unlock my fb account, and get my account back.
figured i'd try it again... ha! facebook locked my account again, as it said i was trying to log in from INDONESIA. It just so happens, i was logging in from the USA.
seems like a good idea, but in reality, unless it quits trying to hack my fb account, it's a bad deal